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Kris Bryant overcoming whiffs for fine start in Double-A
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant has been plagued by strikeouts at Double-A Tennessee to start the 2014 season, but all else has been positive.

The 22-year-old Bryant has nine hits in his last 23 at-bats with a home run and five RBI in raising his average to .311. He also boasts a fine .440 on-base percentage and has four stolen bases.

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Jake Arrieta should be back after one more rehab outing
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Wednesday starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (shoulder) will pitch four innings Saturday for Double-A Tennessee and should be ready to return following Saturday's outing.

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Cold weather to blame for Maikel Franco's chilly start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco is off to a brutal start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The highly touted prospect is batting just .134 with no home runs through 18 games.

Franco, who hit .320 with 31 home runs and 103 RBI in 2013, has just two doubles, four RBI and five runs. He also has 16 strikeouts and six walks.

On Monday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro hinted Franco's slow start has to do with the chilly weather in Philadelphia.

"He hasn't played in the cold weather all that much," Amaro said, per The Philadelphia Daily News. "He had a poor start at (Class A) Lakewood, and then got hot."

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Gregory Polanco continues to mash in minors
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Outfielder Gregory Polanco is raking at Triple-A Indianapolis like he's destined for a promotion by the Pirates. He has yet to debut at the major league level.

The 22-year-old Polanco has at least two hits in six of his last 10 games. He slammed three hits, including a home run, scored three and drove in four on Tuesday.

Polanco owns an impressive stat line of .419/.456/.649. He has 20 RBI in 74 at-bats with just 10 strikeouts.

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Brandon Cumpton likely to join Pirates' rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Pirates starting pitcher Brandon Cumpton was scratched from his start for Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday, which is likely a strong indication he will replace Wandy Rodriguez (knee) in the rotation Thursday against the Reds, according to MLB.com.

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A.J. Pollock still not back in starting lineup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock did not return to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Cubs, missing a third straight start due to a neck injury. 

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Mark Trumbo held out again Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo did not return to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Cubs, missing a second straight start due to a foot injury. Trumbo is batting .130 in his last 12 games after opening the season with a .314 average in his first nine games.

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Archie Bradley struggling in quest for promotion
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Top pitching prospect Archie Bradley has not tossed fuel to the fire to those - including his agent - who have argued in favor of his promotion to the Diamondbacks.

Bradley raised his earned run average with Triple-A Reno to 3.98 on Monday with his second straight poor performance. He failed to reach the sixth inning again, this time by giving up three earned runs in four innings.

He has yielded 19 hits and eight walks in 20 1/3 innings, though he has also displayed his stuff by striking out 20.

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Luis Valbuena totals second multi-hit game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena totaled his second multi-hit game of the season Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, as he finished 2 for 4 with one double and one RBI. Valbuena also had one walk and scored three times.

Valbuena is batting .250 with three RBI in 17 games. He has no home runs, three doubles, six runs, 10 strikeouts and 12 walks. He has a .423 on-base percentage.

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Marlins not ready to discuss innings limit for Jose Fernandez
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Marlins have not yet discussed putting an innings limit on starting pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was shut down after throwing 172 2/3 innings as a rookie in 2013.

However, manager Mike Redmond said the Marlins will continue to monitor his workload.

"We showed that last year how we kind of handled him," Redmond said of Fernandez, per The Miami Herald. "[An innings limit] will be a conversation to have later in the year, end of the year. We'll see how it goes. But we've talked about possibly giving him extra days when we can throughout the year to save him and make sure he's fresh at the end of the year as well."

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